Almost half the nation say they struggle to tell their loved ones what they want for Christmas, a survey from the online marketplace eBay found.
Instead of being forthright many Australians circle catalogues pictures and make passing comments about items in shop window displays.
This miscommunication results in 13 per cent of Christmas presents being re-gifted, eBay said.
Safe gifts, ones that Australians reliably loved to receive, included camping equipment, coffee makers, Bluetooth speakers and gaming consoles as well as polaroid cameras and smartwatches.
But if Christmas gift inspiration is needed a handful of tech, fashion, toys and gaming experts have compiled the list of this year's hottest present ideas.
Gifts for tech lovers
Tech lovers who are keen to explore Australia's great outdoors may love a Garmin Satellite communicator for off-grid navigation, eBay's tech expert said.
While in the outback, a tech lover could document their trip with a DJI Mavic Pro drone for "breathtaking aerial photography".
For the bloggers, vloggers and content makers, eBay recommends the Sony ZV-1 camera which is designed for beginners and is a favourite among creators.
The Anker Soundcore Mini Bluetooth speaker is recommended as an easy gift for tech-loving party animals.
Or try and snag the highly sought-after massage gun, the Therbody Theragun.
Topping the toy wish lists
Pokémon cards are on a 27-year hot streak and continue to be favourite Christmas stocking fillers.
"The Pokémon 151 collection is the top pick this Christmas for kids and big kids alike," eBay's toy expert said.
Builder Lego was one of eBay Australia's most searched toys this year and a recommended present for the whole family to enjoy.
Colouring-in books, crayons and paints were staple gifts for budding artists, the toy specialist said.
"You can branch out with jewellery-making kits or kid-friendly pottery sets to inspire their creativity."
Encourage nature lovers with gardening kits, magnifying glasses for spying insects and binoculars for bird-watching.
The Disney Mickey and Minnie Panorama 1000 piece or the Lego Art Hokusai are ideal gifts for kids who love to ponder over puzzles.
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For fashion and sneaker lovers
Sneakerheads will know the most-hyped footwear fashion collaboration of 2023 was the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low olive.
The collaboration between basketball's sneaker godfather Michael Jordan and superstar rapper Travis Scott is "a strong contender" for Sneaker of the year, eBay's sneaker expert said.
Another rap, fashion and sport collaboration drawing haute couture interest is the Pharrell x Chanel x Adidas NMDs.
Adidas Samba and Dunk Low Panda were "on trend" sneakers that have years-long appeal, the expert said.
Christmas gifts for high fashion lovers should "provide elegance and longevity and are recognisable for their iconic look," eBay's fashion expert said.
Save a few dollars and help the planet by buying classic vintage items from Australian and international designers.
"In 2022, a piece of pre-loved women's clothing was sold every 30 seconds on eBay Australia and Aje, Gucci, Scanlan Theodore and Zimmerman searched for every two minutes," the fashion expert said.